As Tesla is preparing to enter the Indian market, there are many private buyers who have imported different Tesla models to India. One of them is the new Tesla Model 3, which came to India earlier this year and it became the country’s first-ever Model 3. Now the owner has modified the vehicle and has added new alloy wheels to the car. Here are the pictures.
The red coloured Tesla Model 3 landed in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The vehicle has now received new wheels from BBS. These look like the CH-R II alloy wheel design finished in an elegant satin bronze and highlights in black.
With the new alloy wheels, the Tesla Model 3 does look quite attractive. We can see low-profile tyres as well. While RaceTech India did not share the price details, these wheels can cost quite a lot. In India, modification is strictly banned and is illegal. However, installing new alloy wheels and body kits does not attract the attention of law enforcers as much.
First Tesla Model 3 in India
The Tesla Model 3 is the most affordable car from the brand’s line-up in the global markets. In the USA, the base version comes with a price tag of $39,990 or about 30 lakh. However, since there is a massive custom duty of 204% on the foreign-made cars that are imported as Completely Built Units (CBU), even the entry-level model will cost around Rs 70 lakhs in the Indian market.
Tesla offers both a single and dual-motor set-up with the Model 3. The RWD Tesla Model 3 gets a range of 423 km and it can do 0-100 km/h in under 6 seconds. There are a few variants powered by the dual-motor set-up too.
The Long Range AWD variant of the Model 3 can do a maximum of 568 km on a full charger and it can hit 100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. The top-end variant of the Model 3, which is a high-performance variant offers a similar range of 568 km but it can do 0-100 km/h in about 3 seconds. It can also achieve a top speed of 260 km//h and gets more powerful brakes too.
Tesla’s official launch in India
Tesla will officially start its Indian journey with the imported Model 3. Tesla has also formed a senior management team that will build the platform for Tesla’s launch in India. We are not sure if Tesla will bring all the variants of the Model 3 to the Indian shores or will just launch the most affordable variant.
Tesla is likely to take advantage of the no homologation rule for the cars that sell below 2,500 units per year in India and will allocate limited numbers to the Indian market. With lobbying, Tesla may also bring down the import duties for electric vehicles.